Supreme Court Justice Sharad Arvind Bobde was sworn in on November 18 as the 47th Chief Justice of India by President Ram Nath Kovind in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah.
Justice Bobde comes as a successor to Justice Ranjan Gogoi and will have a tenure of around 17 months and will retire on April 23, 2021.
He was part of several important cases, including the five-judge constitutional bench which delivered the historic judgement that paved the way for building a Ram Temple at the disputed site in Ayodhya.
In August 2017, Bobde was also part of the nine-judge bench headed by then CJI JS Khehar, which had unanimously ruled that the Right to Privacy was a constitutionally protected fundamental right in India.
He was also a member of the bench that ruled that no Indian citizen could be deprived of basic services and government subsidies because he or she didn’t have an Aadhaar card.
Justice Bobde in May 2019, chaired the three-judge committee that heard sexual harassment allegations against former CJI Ranjan Gogoi by a staff member from the CJI’s office in April 2019. He gave a clean chit to Justice Gogoi as the committee found “no substance in the allegations”.
Justice Bobde was elevated to the Bombay High Court on March 29, 2000, as an Additional Judge and sworn in as Chief Justice of Madhya Pradesh High Court on October 16, 2012. In April 2013, Justice Bobde was elevated to the Supreme Court.
Born in Nagpur, Maharashtra on April 24, 1956, Justice Bobde graduated from Nagpur University with a Bachelor of Arts and LLB degree.